SFOT finale & TX. Giant work

SFOT finale & TX. Giant work

Post by Ricky Summerset » Wed, 07 Jan 2009 07:09:04


As I sit here typing the temperature is in the low 30s with sleet &
rain falling. This messy weather began yesterday.
Saturday, the temperature in Arlington reached the low 80s, it was
sunny & beautiful. I wore shorts to Six Flags 2nd to last day of the
season.
Welcome to central Texas, if you don't like the weather, wait a day or
two.

Intending to go earlier in the week, we instead waited out our
daughter's cold and went on Saturday. I didn't want sat. because I
have a saturday phobia at ANY theme park, but Holiday In The Park this
saturday had very light crowds.
No problem at guest relations with our comp ticket (surprise). Our
daughter fainted in line for Tony Hawk's Big Spin in the hot june sun
& we left the park after an hour in first aid. First aid nuse said
just "come back any time this season, no ticket needed, no problem."
"Yeah, right," I thought, this is Six Flags.

Judge Roy Scream is just as semi-smooth and gentle as a woodie can be
without being boring. The airtime has diminished over time, which I
don't understand, but Judge is still an enjoyable coaster, especially
to a 7 year old girl. However, Alyssa's former favorite roller coaster
(The Judge) has taken a back seat to her new favorite...

Titan! I know, apples & oranges, wood & steel, but Titan rules my
little girl's heart as far as coasters go at the moment. Titan was
smooth, rather gentle IMO, and had a short wait. The camel hill had
slight floating air and the 1st spiral's positive Gs weren't as strong
as I remember, media day being my last ride on this Giovanola giant.
In fact, Shock Wave had stronger pos. Gs in the loops than Titan. I
believe the 2nd spiral's Gs were somewhat more intense than the 1st.
Titan's mid-course brakes are just silly & inexcusible, the 2nd half
is much more fun without them. Media day years ago found these brakes
off & I liked the ride much better.
One thing quite alarming about Titan was the amount of space between
my skinny daughter's lap & the lap bar. The bar was all the way down,
there's no seat belts, and Alyssa had a good 6 inches of floating
space! Great for us, but Daddy was alarmed and had his hands on her
shoulders going over the camel-back hill! Visions of Alyssa flying out
the seat danced through my head. Probably unfounded, I know, but dang!
That was a big space!
The biggest disappointment was that a second ride was not possible for
the line had increased a lot & we had a time-constraint to leave by 5.
My daughter begging for another Titan ride was like music to my ears.
I'm well on my way to raising another coaster lover!

Shock Wave always absolutely amazes me. Smooth as a baby's bottom,
intense, fast loops, airtime in at least 6 places, intense ejector
airtime in the back seat 3 times, arguably 4 times, beautiful for a
steelie, this 30 year old Schwartzkopf wonder remains one of my
favorite steel coasters. Happy 30th birthday Shock Wave, may you
continue to grace I-30 for 30 more years at least! My 7 year old loves
everything about Shock Wave except the loops (which she doesn't hate).
Immediately after loop 2 she throws her hands in the air, screaming
with delight for the remainder of the ride.

Runaway Mine Train is still a great ride, though different now with
the addition of padding to the lap bars & seat sides (when did this
happen?). At the top of the last lift Alyssa looked down & exclaimed
"DADDY! We're going to drop into the lake!" I do miss the faux hill &
waterfall regretabally removed years ago and the rock crusher spinning
gears. I also sense RMT losing some of It's rough edge, perhaps due to
the padding.

We stood in line for Tony Hawk's Big Spin twice & both times changed
our minds. Once because we thought the line would be shorter later;
again, at day's end, in favor of the Snow Hill. Both times the line
seemed about 45 min.-1 hour long & our day was somewhat pressed for
time (we had a 5 hour limit). So THBS remains un-ridden in 2 visits.
The "Snow" hill was funner than I thought it'd be and we three did it
several times with little wait. The snow was crushed ice though I
couldn't see where it was coming from (it was bound to be melting fast
in the 80 degree heat). I understand the location this year is new,
now back by the Music Mill Amphitheatre.

We also rode the Gunslinger (one of Alyssa's favs), the little
spinning, rocking boat thing which was also more fun than I thought
it'd be, the world's slowest (though beautiful) carousel, and the
train. Exiting the park, we grabbed what a visit to SFOT is incomplete
without, a delicious Pink Thing!
Is it true that Pink Thing is a Six Flags original & has been there
since the park's opening? I also heard SFOT has a trademark on this
yummy ice cream dessert & it can only be found at SFOT. Our walk to
the car was filled with discussion over what Pink Thing tastes like.
Strawberry? Raspberry? A hint of lemon? Orange? We concluded that it
tastes...pink!

Freeze, Batman, Flashback, and Giant were all closed. Tx. Giant has
lots of first drop track missing and construction flags all over the
structure. Could 2009 be the year that Tx. Giant returns to at least a
hint of It's former glory? Does anyone know the extent of the work
being done? It seems as though the first drop is one of the LAST
places re-tracking needs to be done. How about some of those new
Gravity Group trailered, articulating trains?

Overall, a very pleasant visit though I suspect that seeing SFOT
through a 7 year old girl's eyes is causing me to enjoy this place
much more than I have in a long time.

Ricky

 
 
 

SFOT finale & TX. Giant work

Post by Ricky Summerset » Thu, 08 Jan 2009 05:16:42


Quote:
> As I sit here typing the temperature is in the low 30s with sleet &
> rain falling. This messy weather began yesterday.
> Saturday, the temperature in Arlington reached the low 80s, it was
> sunny & beautiful. I wore shorts to Six Flags 2nd to last day of the
> season.
> Welcome to central Texas, if you don't like the weather, wait a day or
> two.

Alas! Tuesday and it is warm & sunny again! Nice weather for working
on Texas Giant.

Ricky

 
 
 

SFOT finale & TX. Giant work

Post by Keith Hopkin » Thu, 08 Jan 2009 06:28:10


Quote:

> No problem at guest relations with our comp ticket (surprise). Our
> daughter fainted in line for Tony Hawk's Big Spin in the hot june
> sun
> & we left the park after an hour in first aid. First aid nuse said
> just "come back any time this season, no ticket needed, no problem."
> "Yeah, right," I thought, this is Six Flags.

Took me awhile, but I finally figured out that your daughter fainted
last Summer, and this trip was using the comp tickets from then.
Correct?

--
Keith Hopkins

[clear up the hissing to email]
"Excuse me, sir, but you appear to be sitting
on my gown.  Would you be so kind as to move?"
Mark McKenzie

 
 
 

SFOT finale & TX. Giant work

Post by Georg » Thu, 08 Jan 2009 07:20:05

On Jan 6, 3:28?pm, "Keith Hopkins"

Quote:



> > No problem at guest relations with our comp ticket (surprise). Our
> > daughter fainted in line for Tony Hawk's Big Spin in the hot june
> > sun
> > & we left the park after an hour in first aid. First aid nuse said
> > just "come back any time this season, no ticket needed, no problem."
> > "Yeah, right," I thought, this is Six Flags.

> Took me awhile, but I finally figured out that your daughter fainted
> last Summer, and this trip was using the comp tickets from then.
> Correct?

> --
> Keith Hopkins

> [clear up the hissing to email]
> "Excuse me, sir, but you appear to be sitting
> on my gown. ?Would you be so kind as to move?"
> Mark McKenzie

Correct.
In june we went to Tony Hawk first & after about 45 min. in line,
right on the top step into the station, she fainted, crumbling onto
the steps. I carried her to first aid & we spent an hour there.
The nurse didn't give us tickets but told us our name would be on a
"list" for this season, to just come back, and it worked fine although
guest relations didn't find our name, they believed me & didn't even
call first aid Saturday even though I had the nurse's name! Very cool,
Six Flags!

Our Dr. at home said "no worries" with the fainting; apparently It's
normal for a (then) 6 year old to not be able to handle Texas heat &
humidity like an *** can. Said it could've been other stuff but no
need for the expense of multiple tests unless It's been a common
occourance, which It's not.

Alyssa is now right at 54 inches which means we'll step up to Freeze &
Batman next season. My dream for her is Knoebel's Grove and for her to
fall in love with a really wonderful amu***t park (cue; MontuChris
anti-Knoebel's rant) and my boyhood coaster...The Rocket. I mean,
Phoenix.

Wow, I used to despise SFOT, turn's out I'm liking it the last few
years. It is possible that as we grow up, mature, & see things through
the eyes of another, our perceptions can change.

Ricky